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Sleeping With The Tigers Of Memory

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icebox
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in the shadows


0 posted 06-17-2005 05:22 PM       View Profile for icebox   Email icebox   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for icebox


It is this time of year
that stirs the relics
of these flashing memories,
of aging youth,
of heat
humidity
and death.

Deep in the darkness
they were hungry,
on a blood trail run,
eight or ten
for each of us,
we could have failed
as easily as won.

In my dreams,
their strobe lit bodies
come still
dancing in fire fight,
as if their souls
continue shaking loose
the burdens
of their bodies’
weight and weaknesses,
yearning to be free.

In all these years,
of building lives
and meeting others’ needs,
I could have thought
I would forget
the copper taste of victory,
the stench
of fragile bodies burst,
trail trimmings left to rot
wasted in the weeds.

©2005 by icebox
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with you


1 posted 06-17-2005 05:25 PM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

goodness...I don't know what to say...just I hope that will be ok?
Honeybunch
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2 posted 06-17-2005 05:51 PM       View Profile for Honeybunch   Email Honeybunch   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Honeybunch's Home Page   View IP for Honeybunch

icebox - the tragedy is that one can never forget and, sadly, remembering the good times comes with the price tag of remembering the bad.  It's a hard slog up to the peak of peace.  Your words touch deeply.
Aenimal
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3 posted 06-17-2005 06:16 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

as always, thank you for allowing us this glimpse of the man behind the ice
iliana
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4 posted 06-17-2005 06:19 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

There are somethings that leave permanent markers during that time of our life....well, most everything, now that I come to think of it.  Perhaps, there is a new phase of life around the corner which will uproot those unhappy memories and replace them with tranquility. ....jo
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5 posted 06-17-2005 06:32 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Icebox...I'm glad you decided to post this.  I liked the subtle rhyme you used, well done, and as yours always are, impactful!  
passing shadows
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6 posted 06-17-2005 06:40 PM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

it's always between fall and winter for me

Enchantress
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Somewhere in time~


7 posted 06-17-2005 07:56 PM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

A very thought provoking post..well done.
Hugs~Nancy

~Somewhere in my heart I'm always
dancing with you in the summer rain~

latearrival
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8 posted 06-17-2005 08:59 PM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

Icebox.  I can almost feel your pain. You speak for all those who just can not articulate, or prefer to hold it in. And I thank you for that. martyjo
littlewing
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9 posted 06-18-2005 12:05 PM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

It seems to me, icey, that no matter how hard I try - I cannot relinquish what I have lost, and yet the memory of all that was ceases to escape my very being.
icebox
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in the shadows


10 posted 06-19-2005 12:09 AM       View Profile for icebox   Email icebox   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for icebox

Thank you all for your time reading and for your comments.

It is times like this when I really appreciate what Ron, and PiP do for us.  It helps to be able to put down some bricks for a few minutes and catch a breath before picking it all up again and walking on.

I can not remember having that before this place.  It is nice.
serenity blaze
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11 posted 06-19-2005 02:37 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

If I scrap with tigers now, maybe, just maybe someday I can write like this.

You are my hero.

(and you owe me an e mail yanno. )
latearrival
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12 posted 09-14-2007 09:55 PM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

Ice, if  stopping by here to rest your burdens a moment or two  do really help, Please do it more often. I do not see much from you lately and I miss reading what you have to share. You are a born teacher,mentor,what ever you want to call it. You are needed in this world, because you can write and teach  and through that writing we all profit. Thank you for all you share however hard it is for you to say it all...sincerely "late"
 
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